Dr. Minzi Su will present her preliminary findings from a working paper that describes ongoing research on the subject of comparative public administration. The window she has selected for this work is the education of American and Chinese youth in the two different systems, because she believes that youth education affects every aspect of Chinese society, including the nature of its future.
It has been difficult at times for the Chinese government to keep its promises with respect to social spending, and Dr. Suâ€™s research shows the Chinese people lack important social services often because local governments simply lack the capacity to deliver them. Building upon her own research in many areas of China, Dr. Su chronicles the weaknesses, problems, and gaps in the education system that are the subject of unending complaints for Chinese families and of disquieting social issues for government and society.
Dr. Su argues that although the traditional center of power is fighting a rear guard action against the new players
(families, the media, academia, non-governmental organizations, civic volunteer organizations, etc.) civic society represents badly needed capacity. She demonstrates the validity of her argument by presenting models from two American cities that are solving problems very much like those of the Chinese counterparts about which she writes. Her underlying premise: Governments should seek out, learn, experiment with and implement those aspects of the best available systems that can be harnessed to the work of the public servant and society.
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Minzi Su, Assistant Professor, College of Public Service & Urban Affairs,Tennessee State University, Downtown Campus
- Thursday, 25 February 2010
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road